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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Tai Project (Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio)

December 11, 2013 03:10

We visited Tai Project (formerly Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio) in Kunming (where Kay Lawrence recently completed an eco-art residency) to speak with the space's founder and director, Liu Lifen:

China Residencies:  How many residents do you host and what is recommended length of stay?
Liu Lifen: Lately, we've had assistants run this program full time so we can accept 5 to 6 artists each year who stay at minimum for one month and up to six months on residency. We don't really take artists for less than a month, we prefer at least two or three months. One month is just too fast. But overall, the artist's application is much mor ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Kay Lawrence at Tai Project (Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio)

December 08, 2013 21:27

Australian artist Kay Lawrence was Greening the Beige's eco-artist in residence at Tai Project (formerly Contemporary Yunnan 943 Studio) in Kunming for the month of November 2013. Kay approaches ecology through documentary practices and traditions of handiwork related to textiles. She’s a photographer; but also a textile artist, writer, sculptor and environmental advocate.

She shares her impressions as she closes her residency in Kunming:

My task in this residency is to focus on environmental issues, particularly water, in Yunnan, in an effort to raise awareness, problem-solve and connect with others. My ...

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December 05, 2013 17:40

HomeShop is a lively community of artists, freelancers, entrepreneurs and creative minds the midst of Beijing's hutong alleyways. Originally, HomeShop started as a storefront arts initiative that has since organically grown into an open platform to question existing models of economic and artistic production. 

We sat down in HomeShop's kitchen to chat with one of the collective's co-organizers Twist Qu:

China Residencies: Tell us what Homeshop does?
Qu: We hold events here with our neighbors. Exchanges, swaps, people exchange things that they do not often use, that maybe someone else needs. We offer many differ ...

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DANCE :: Ping Pong Productions

November 20, 2013 22:18

While in Beijing, we met up with Alison Friedman, one of the pioneers of international exchange through dance. While her company, Ping Pong Productions isn't a residency program per say, Alison's perspective on creative exchange and the world of modern dance is valuable for any aspiring dancer or choreographer looking to explore China. 

China Residencies: Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do.
Alison Friedman: I'm the founder and director of Ping Pong Productions, and our mission is to bring China and the world together through the performing arts. We do that by bringing Chinese performing artists to ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Trésor Malaya at the Swatch Art Peace Hotel

October 14, 2013 21:56

In Shanghai, we visited the Swatch Peace Art Hotel residency program, hosted on two full floors of a luxury hotel on the Bund. We spoke with artist Trésor Malaya:

CR: How did you hear about the Swatch Peace Art Hotel residency?
TM: A friend send me the link and told me I could apply. So I started filling out the application but stopped when they asked for an application fee. I didn't want to pay, but I guess the application had already gone through. One month later, I got a phone call saying I was accepted, even if I couldn't pay the application fee. That's how I got here.
[ed. note - the application fee is a donation to Doctors Without Bor ...

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ARTIST PROFILE :: Thea Baumann at W+K+

October 11, 2013 01:07

Shanghai is home to many advertising agencies, including the powerhouse firm Wieden + Kennedy. They recently launched W+K+, a co-working space for creatives. We sat down with Thea Baumann after touring the offices to talk about China, tech, and an app that sends holograms shooting out of your nails.

CR: Tell us a bit about your background and how you got interested in China. 
TB: I began my creative technology experience working for Media Arts Asia Pacific, one of the first mappers of media arts practices in the Asia Pacific region. I started as a content producer, looking at some of the first waves of net art coming out of ...

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Rate My Artist Residency China Month

October 10, 2013 21:58

Rate My Artist Residency is a new website created by artist Katrina Neumann to allow artists to leave direct feedback about artist residencies they attend. Spurred by an experience at a residency that didn't quite align with her expectations, Katrina committed herself to increasing transparency by building a public forum for artists to share their experiences. It's about "artists helping artists" as Katrina spells out in RMAR's mission statement

Using simple forms, artists can declare "I had the time of my life, everyone apply now!" or, inversely, "Please, give me my money and time back." The site also acknowledge ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Red Gate Residency - Nina

October 02, 2013 04:25

In our last installment about Red Gate Gallery's residency program, we sat down with Nina, the residency coordinator.

China Residencies: In your role as residency coordinator, what is your main responsibility?
Nina: I help the artists figure out how to get around in Beijing, and help them accomplish their projects.

CR: What's the most important aspect of an artist residency in China?
N: I think the most important thing for residencies is to engage in the community. If artist only stay in their studios without engaging in other activities, then it doesn't make sense them to leave home to come to a whole new environmen ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Red Gate Residency - Tang Zehui

August 29, 2013 18:09

Red Gate Residency is run by a full-time staff of two: residency director Tang Zehui, and residency coordinator, Nina. We interviewed them both to find out more, here's Zehui' perspective on the program:

CR: Tell us the basics about Red Gate Residency:
Tang Zehui: Red Gate Residency was founded in 2001, we're celebrating the 12th anniversary this year. Over the years, we've hosted over 500 artists, and on average we host 70 a year. At any given time there are 8 to 12 artists in the residency, in our 6 studios in the artist community Feijiacun, outside of Beijing, and 3 apartments downtown in Tuanjiehu.

CR: What are some opportuni ... Read More

RESIDENCY PROFILE: Red Gate Residency - Brian Wallace

August 28, 2013 21:19

Red Gate Gallery in Beijing is one of the largest and longest-running residencies in China, run in conjunction with Red Gate Gallery. We interviewed Red Gate's founder & director, Brian Wallace, about the residency's origins and structure:

China Residencies: How did the residency program start?
Brian Wallace: In the 1990s, we worked with AsiaLink who sent us an artist every year on a grant for a couple months. By the time they were settling in, it was time for them to go home. We thought that was a little frustrating, year in and year out. So we organized to rent an apartment, put the word out and got a whole lot of applicant ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Global Exchange Artist Residency

August 22, 2013 17:11

Today, we're introducing a new residency in western Beijing, N&G Global Exchange Artist Residency, an offshoot of an arts focused publishing company. We learned more about the debuting program over email from program director Michael Wang.

China Residencies: N&G is a joint venture publishing company and art consultancy. Can you tell us about some of the publications and printing projects N&G has organized since 2010?
N&G: We have done a few digital publishing and printing outsourcing projects on photography books since 2010.  We are planning to arrange our first independently organized art exhibition lat ... Read More

PAST RESIDENT PROJECT: Where does nature begin and end?

August 15, 2013 18:33

As part of China Residencies' research, we also interviewed many artists and and residency directors about the projects undertaken while on residency in China. We asked Jay Brown, Lijiang Studio's director, to tell us about one of the most marking projects created by resident artists. He obliged, thrilling us with his account of Katalog's mushroom sculptures, a disastrous hail storm, homemade ice-cream and bucketfuls of toads. 

"Two American artists in a collective called Katalog proposed art based on energy cycles around the farm here. Cycles of day and night, growth and decay, like the process of rotting wood t ...

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July 15, 2013 18:04

Lijiang Studio is a unique residency on a farm in a magnificent valley in the Yunnan mountains. Artist are encouraged to come for longer residencies,  discovering and immersing themselves into a different way of life to create works that incorporate the land and engage the community. We sat down with Lijiang studio's founder Jay Brown and his two playful dogs in the residency's courtyard to ask about southern China, the Naxi minority culture, and how this residency came to be.

China Residencies: How did this all start?

Jay Brown: I first came to Yunnan in 2002, working for the Nature Conservancy. I wanted to get back i ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Da Wang Culture Highland

July 09, 2013 19:08

Da Wang Culture Highland is a relatively young artist residency program situated in a most unique setting deep in the mountainous jungle, on the outskirts of Shenzhen. Hosting a small group of artists at a time, Da Wang Culture Highland also provides communal meals and a broad array of facilities for ceramic artists, painters and sculptors, and occasionally invites artists for fully funded residencies in exchange for a donation of a portion of the work created. We sat down with associate art director and ceramic artist Tom Hayes to get the ins and outs of this residency program:

China Residencies: How di ...

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RESIDENCY PROFILE: Inside Out Art Museum

July 08, 2013 15:54

The Inside Out Museum is one of the newest additions to Beijing's cultural scene, and well as one of the youngest artist residencies listed on China Residencies. The residency hosts one to two artists at a time, in loft studios adjoining a brand new museum that presides over the far west side of Beijing, closer to the mountains then to any part of the capital's hustle and bustle. The surrounding village in this quickly developing neighborhood is a perfect example of China in flux, a melding of rural and urban, where traditional lifestyles with daily vegetable markets on the streets exist besides the most mode ...

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Introducing Our Summer Interns

July 06, 2013 23:51

China Residencies is thrilled to have two incredibly smart and very very qualified interns join us this summer to support our mission of providing resources for artists and residency programs throughout China. 

Yi Cao
Grant writing + Events Intern

Born and raised in Beijing, Yi (Sally) Cao is currently pursuing her Master of Arts Management at Carnegie Mellon University. With an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Beijing's University of Science and Technology, she decided to combine her management background with her arts experience to pursue arts administration. In addition to her internsh ... Read More

Guest post for Residencies Unlimited

June 24, 2013 20:49

Residencies Unlimited has been an asset to the arts community for their programming and residencies. This month, China Residencies co-founder Kira Simon-Kennedy contributed her view on the evolving field of artist residency from the China perspective to their archive of "dialogues". 

We just bought our ticket to their Brooklyn based 2013 RU Funraiser on July 21, celebrating the art of travel, and would love to see you there. Send us a message if you'd like to connect. 

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Past resident postcard show

June 04, 2013 03:19

61 artists contributed postcard sized images of work they created on or inspired by Red Gate residences. While the exhibition wasn’t able to show as planned on the Transxpress late last year, it was recently showcased at China Residencies Kick Off Party in Beijing, and also at a pop-up exhibition in front of the Shanghai Railway Station and along the Bund. 

Observers at the pop-up shows were invited to choose a postcard they would like to post to a friend or family member in hopes of perpetuating the exchange. 

Artists who have participated in residency programs in China are invited to contribute one postcard s ...

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Introducing Our Board

April 29, 2013 02:15
China Residencies is proud have support from of some of the most qualified international advisors. Our board includes these awesome people:
Governing Board
Crystal Ruth Bell
Founder & Program Director at China Residencies 

Crystal Ruth Bell is the former director of Red Gate Residency, where she served as the primary contact for prospective, active, and alumni artists for two years. During Miss Bell’s tenure, she successfully diversified the demographics of applicants, specifically in the areas of age and nationality, by broadening the reach of the programs reputation through modern design brandin ...

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